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  • Announcing the Lync Online client devices report

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    Lync Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yanzhao Zhang is a program manager on the Lync team. We are delighted to announce the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices. New metrics covered in the report Currently the report covers users on Windows PC devices,…
  • NICE Trading Recording Solution Receives Microsoft Lync Qualification

    Microsoft - Bing News
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that the NICE Trading Recording solution has been qualified to support Microsoft Lync, Microsoft's next generation unified communications software. The qualification ensures that financial institutions can now ...
  • Introducing the IE Platform Suggestion Box on UserVoice

    IEBlog
    ieblog
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    On October 1st, we launched the Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box (http://uservoice.modern.ie) on the UserVoice platform. Since then, it has been great to see the feedback flowing in as everyone adds their voice in support of their most wanted Web platform features in IE. This post provides some background on our decision to launch a UserVoice site and describes how we expect to use the site going forward. Why UserVoice? In April, we made a commitment to build a better two-way conversation with the Web development community. Since then, we have followed that with up with a public…
  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Bing Blog
    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
  • Microsoft to 'Connect' with developers at November event in New York

    ZDNet | All About Microsoft Blog RSS
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Microsoft will be talking more about its mobile, cloud and dev/ops products, services and strategies at its Connect() event in New York in mid-November.
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  • Announcing the Lync Online client devices report

    Lync Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yanzhao Zhang is a program manager on the Lync team. We are delighted to announce the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices. New metrics covered in the report Currently the report covers users on Windows PC devices,…
  • Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 020 about Open XML SDK

    Office Dev
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In episode 20, Jeremy Thake chats to Doug Mahugh, Eric White and Chris Rae about the Open XML SDK. http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP20_OpenXMLSDK.mp3 Download the podcast. Weekly Update Understanding the Office 365 Discovery Service API Flow by Scot Hillier on ITUnity Find out in which Office rich client your Office APP is opened by Elio Struyf SharePoint health check (1): Auditing the SharePoint farm by Matthias Einig Building solutions with the Office Graph by Waldek Mastykarz Create Delve clone using Content Search Web Part by Mikael Svenson Four steps to…
  • Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I was in college

    OneNote Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable. We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years. OneNote is my favorite…
  • Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher

    Office 365 Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nick Robinson is a senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team. American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results, organization and access to each tool you need to accomplish your goals is paramount. Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school. Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher and My apps. The…
  • Introducing Microsoft Ignite

    Office 365 Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015. Join the YamJam: We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange,…
 
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  • NICE Trading Recording Solution Receives Microsoft Lync Qualification

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that the NICE Trading Recording solution has been qualified to support Microsoft Lync, Microsoft's next generation unified communications software. The qualification ensures that financial institutions can now ...
  • Microsoft may launch its smartwatch within weeks: Report

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Microsoft is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget’s battery life will exceed two days of ...
  • Microsoft Asked to Bring Its Products in Iran, Still Impossible for the Time Being

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Microsoft recently launched its own feedback service with the help of UserVoice, and although the company expected to receive suggestions mostly focused on Windows, one unexpected request is quickly getting votes from registered members. At this point, the ...
  • Microsoft pulls second Patch Tuesday update in three months

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    MICROSOFT HAS BEEN forced to pull a Patch Tuesday fix for the second time in three months after users reported errors following installation. Redmond's KB2949927 Patch Tuesday for October was issued last week and included eight patches, three of which were ...
  • Microsoft CEO on the cloud, inequality & spinoff

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Microsoft (MSFT) has already proven its potency in the cloud era, and is one of three companies with the scale, resources, and know-how to dominate the booming $100 billion market, CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC. In his first television interview since ...
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  • Introducing the IE Platform Suggestion Box on UserVoice

    ieblog
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    On October 1st, we launched the Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box (http://uservoice.modern.ie) on the UserVoice platform. Since then, it has been great to see the feedback flowing in as everyone adds their voice in support of their most wanted Web platform features in IE. This post provides some background on our decision to launch a UserVoice site and describes how we expect to use the site going forward. Why UserVoice? In April, we made a commitment to build a better two-way conversation with the Web development community. Since then, we have followed that with up with a public…
  • October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

    ieblog
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin. Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8, Windows…
  • Announcing key advances to JavaScript performance in Windows 10 Technical Preview

    ieblog
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Windows 10 Technical Preview brings key advances to Chakra, the JavaScript engine that powers Internet Explorer and store based Web apps across a whole range of Windows devices – phones, tablets, 2-in-1’s, PC’s and Xbox. As with all previous releases of Chakra in IE9, IE10 and IE11, this release is a significant step forward to create a JavaScript engine that is highly interoperable, spec compliant, secure and delivers great performance. Chakra now has a highly streamlined execution pipeline to deliver faster startup, supports various new and augmented optimizations in…
  • HTTP/2: The Long-Awaited Sequel

    ieblog
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Ready to speed things up? Here at Microsoft, we’re rolling out support in Internet Explorer for the first significant rework of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol since 1999. It’s been a while, so it’s due. While there have been lot of efforts to streamline Web architecture over the years, none have been on the scale of HTTP/2. We’ve been working hard to help develop this new, efficient and compatible standard as part of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group. It’s called, for obvious reasons, HTTP/2 – and it’s available now, built into the new Internet Explorer starting with the Windows…
  • Interoperable Top Level Domain Name Parsing comes to IE

    ieblog
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As part of our ongoing commitment to help build an interoperable Web that “just works,” we are changing the way Top Level Domains (TLD) names are parsed to use the Public Suffix List. This change can be previewed using Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. In the past, IE used a custom algorithm and kept a private list of domain name parsing exceptions. Owners of domain names that needed exception handling by our algorithm had to notify Microsoft that exception parsing was required. Going forward, to increase interoperability we are switching our parsing to use the…
 
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  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
  • Bing Adds Smarts to Cortana

    tedroduner
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few months ago, we talked about how we’re making search more personal.  We discussed how Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world combined with speech recognition, entity understanding, and stream processing are making things like Cortana more helpful and intelligent. This week we are rolling out some new improvements that take advantage of these advancements and are making Cortana more useful. Let’s take a look. Daily Glance: Evenings Added Every morning, Cortana shows you a daily glance of all the information you need to start your day.  She displays current…
  • Get the Skinny on the Latest Gadgets

    tedroduner
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As the holiday shopping season nears, there are numerous products that are getting released in the market. Before you buy a new gadget, it’s helpful to read a review or watch a demo video.  With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to pull information from various web sources and display them in a snapshot for easy consumption. From there, you can click to the source web sites to read reviews.  If a product hasn’t been announced, we’ll even present all of the rumored information available for the product. So whatever gadget you’re waiting to get your hands…
  • Bing Elections: Your One-Stop-Shop for Comprehensive Election Information

    tedroduner
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the U.S. approaches one of the most hotly contested political seasons in years, Bing has launched a new election experience at Bing.com/election that helps you get 360-degree view – from local to national – into Elections 2014.  Bing brings you the latest news from the right, left and center perspectives, up-to-date predictions across governor and national congressional races, a personalized Voter Guide* that includes side by side comparisons of candidates’ positions as well as a tracker to find the nearest polling sites in your area. According to a recent survey conducted on…
  • Not a Bing Ads User? Get $100 in Ad Credit to Become One!

    Vincent Wehren
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Since our June 2012 re-launch of Bing Webmaster Tools, many webmasters, site owners, and search marketers like yourself have joined our program and use the tools to stay up-to-date on how their web site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search results. Millions of content publisher share their Sitemaps, Parameters to Ignore, and Crawl Preferences with us, allowing their websites to shine on Bing.com, Yahoo!, and other places powered by Bing — as all of these things help us to more successfully connect their content to searchers worldwide. As such, Bing Webmaster Tools is certainly an…
 
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  • MSDN Blogs - MSDN Blogs

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Provide Site Feedback on MSDN Blogs. Check on the status of the MSDN blogs at MSDN and TechNet Services Status Blog. Popular Contributors. MSDN Blogs
  • .NET Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The .NET blog (AKA: dotnet blog) discusses new features in the .NET Framework and important issues for .NET developers.
  • Blogs : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Read or subscribe to IIS blogs. Bill Staple's blog and other Microsoft IIS team blogs.
  • Blogs | The ASP.NET Site

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    ASP.NET Community Blogs. Recent Blog Posts. Subscribe via rss. RSS Feed. Recent Popular Tags. ASP.NET ASP.NET AJAX ASP.NET Authorization ...
  • Somasegar's blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    As more and more developer scenarios extend from the desktop to the cloud, we announced last year a new collection of hosted developer services as part of Visual ...
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  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
  • Bing Adds Smarts to Cortana

    tedroduner
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few months ago, we talked about how we’re making search more personal.  We discussed how Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world combined with speech recognition, entity understanding, and stream processing are making things like Cortana more helpful and intelligent. This week we are rolling out some new improvements that take advantage of these advancements and are making Cortana more useful. Let’s take a look. Daily Glance: Evenings Added Every morning, Cortana shows you a daily glance of all the information you need to start your day.  She displays current…
  • Get the Skinny on the Latest Gadgets

    tedroduner
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As the holiday shopping season nears, there are numerous products that are getting released in the market. Before you buy a new gadget, it’s helpful to read a review or watch a demo video.  With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to pull information from various web sources and display them in a snapshot for easy consumption. From there, you can click to the source web sites to read reviews.  If a product hasn’t been announced, we’ll even present all of the rumored information available for the product. So whatever gadget you’re waiting to get your hands…
  • Bing Elections: Your One-Stop-Shop for Comprehensive Election Information

    tedroduner
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the U.S. approaches one of the most hotly contested political seasons in years, Bing has launched a new election experience at Bing.com/election that helps you get 360-degree view – from local to national – into Elections 2014.  Bing brings you the latest news from the right, left and center perspectives, up-to-date predictions across governor and national congressional races, a personalized Voter Guide* that includes side by side comparisons of candidates’ positions as well as a tracker to find the nearest polling sites in your area. According to a recent survey conducted on…
  • Not a Bing Ads User? Get $100 in Ad Credit to Become One!

    Vincent Wehren
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Since our June 2012 re-launch of Bing Webmaster Tools, many webmasters, site owners, and search marketers like yourself have joined our program and use the tools to stay up-to-date on how their web site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search results. Millions of content publisher share their Sitemaps, Parameters to Ignore, and Crawl Preferences with us, allowing their websites to shine on Bing.com, Yahoo!, and other places powered by Bing — as all of these things help us to more successfully connect their content to searchers worldwide. As such, Bing Webmaster Tools is certainly an…
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  • Setting up OS X Yosemite the way you want it

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Getting Spotlight right Spotlight (CMD+Space) in Yosemite is far more useful with a huge selection of sources-- it even replaces Google search by grabbing results from Bing. To prevent a bad case of information overload you can customize the sources ...
  • India, China boost consumer PC sales in APAC by 8%: IDC

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "In recent quarters, we have seen Microsoft add a lot to the entry-level segment by launching the Windows 8.1 with Bing program. This has helped consumers buy licensed OS PC in many countries in the region," IDC Asia Pacific Research Manager for Client ...
  • A mock feud over a Google search raises questions

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    He noted that Bing, Microsoft's search engine, also listed Colbert as 5-10 but credited the entertainment site IMDb. Over the weekend, that changed on Bing and IMDb, and Colbert is listed at 5-11. And Siri, the iPhone service that answers questions ...
  • Bing Crosby, great entertainer and mean father? American Masters' docu tells all

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Dreamin' of a white Christmas? You may also be dreamin' of Bing Crosby, whose crooin' made White Christmas the best-selling Yuletide song. Ever. PBS Distribution is sharing the festivities with Bing Crosby Rediscovered from American Masters. The DVD hits ...
  • This Week on #Twitter: 10 Secret Twitter Hacks, Twitter Followers on Bing, Social Media Job Mistakes

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes 10 secret Twitter tips, tricks and hacks (that you probably don’t know), news that Bing searches are now showing brand Twitter followers in ads, 6 ...
 
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  • Microsoft notches a victory in ongoing lawsuit over Live Tiles

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    In 2012, a Maine-based company called SurfCast sued Microsoft over Live Tiles, claiming that the block tiles that are at the heart of the Windows 8 Start screen violate the Maine company’s patent. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for Maine, alleges that Microsoft infringes on one or more of the claims of SurfCast's "403 patent" by making, using and selling products that use that patent, including Windows Phone 7, Surface, Windows RT, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise. Microsoft, in turn, asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to rule on the validity of…
  • Microsoft sets dates for its upcoming big tech conferences

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Microsoft on Thursday announced the dates for its upcoming big tech conferences, including for Ignite, its new unified enterprise tech gathering. Microsoft Ignite, which brings together formerly separate conferences such as the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences - will be held May 4-8 in Chicago. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will keynote a conference that also includes leaders such as Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall and others, according to a Microsoft blog post.
  • Nadella apologizes for pay raise advice, says Microsoft will work on pay equity, diversity | Pri0

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday apologized for remarks he had made last week at a women in computing conference, in which he said women needn't ask for raises but to trust in the system to deliver the pay they deserve. He called the feedback and comments he received "a humbling and learning experience." He also said he was "100 percent committed to diversity and inclusion" at Microsoft, and that the company would be focusing immediately on equal pay for equal work, recruiting more diversity, and fostering a more inclusive culture. Nadella had set off a firestorm last Thursday with…
  • Company cultures and attitudes can be barriers for women in tech

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    [This story ran in the print edition of the The Seattle Times Oct. 12, 2014.] When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last week that women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system to get the pay they deserved, a firestorm of reaction ignited around the issues of unequal pay for men and women and the gender gap in the technology industry. Nadella, asked at a conference of women in computing what his advice would be for women uncomfortable about asking for a raise, said in part: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will…
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  • Build 2015 dates announced: April 29-May 1

    Kip Kniskern
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    At last month’s unveiling of Windows 10 at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO mentioned that we’d be hearing more about the latest version of Windows at the next Build, in April. Now, today, Microsoft has announced a few more specifics about its developer focused conference. Build 2015 will be held, as it was last year, at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, with this year’s dates set for April 29 – May 1st. Registration isn’t open yet, but you can follow @Bldwin on Twitter or join a mailing list via the Build Windows website.
  • Skype relaunches video service Qik as “Skype Qik”

    Kip Kniskern
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Skype acquired the upstart video streaming service Qik in January 2011, reportedly for $100 million, where it survived for three years before being retired in April 2014. Now, the service, or at least the name, has been reborn as Skype Qik, according to a posting on the Skype Big Blog. There may not be much left of the original app except the name, the blog suggests: A small team of Skype designers and developers recently took up the challenge to build a new app to run alongside Skype and provide an ongoing form of video chat. They knew they had to create something mobile and lightweight, as…
  • Is Windows 10 your daily driver?

    Kip Kniskern
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    It’s been almost two weeks since Windows 10 was made available for download as a Technical Preview, and according to a new post on Blogging Windows, more than a million early adopters have already joined the Windows Insider program and downloaded the latest version of Windows to be. The post goes on to reveal that 64% of those installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to running Windows 10 within a virtual machine. Microsoft is receiving lots of feedback from the Insiders, some 200,000 pieces of “UIF” (user initiated feedback), further evidence that users are not only trying…
  • Windows on tablets on ARM: Surface, or something else?

    Kip Kniskern
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Today’s news cycle flurry centers around Microsoft’s Surface, and whether Microsoft will continue with Surface on ARM, or just give up on the whole idea. As a refresher, ARM refers to a family of RISC (reduced instruction set computing) based computer processor architectures, ones that require fewer transistors, which reduces heat, power use (increasing battery life), and cost. ARM based processors are what power most smartphones on the market, as well as a number of tablets and other smart devices. When Microsoft introduced Windows 8, it promised to run Windows on ARM, and it…
  • How would you sell Windows Phone?

    Kip Kniskern
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    In our last post, we called Windows Phone as it currently sits a “lame duck”. On September 30th, Microsoft announced Windows 10, and in the QnA following confirmed that Windows Phones will run Windows 10, too. This means some significant changes to the phone, to apps and the app model, and to Microsoft’s approach to marketing both Windows Phone and Windows. A number of you pointed out that this isn’t really all that much different than any other phone OS upgrade – that iOS7 is different than iOS8, for example – and that the next version of Windows Phone’s OS…
 
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  • Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device Within Weeks

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I track people who are disrupting the world of mobile technology. Non-conformists, innovators and agitators are this blog's unsung heroes, from entrepreneurs to scientists, to rebellious hackers.
  • Microsoft Tasks Its Execs With Promoting Diversity, Inclusion

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Following criticism over controversial remarks on women's pay, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pledges to promote diversity in the workplace. A week after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's controversial remarks on women's pay sparked a widespread outcry, he outlined the steps the company is taking to promote equal compensation and workplace diversity within the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant.
  • Iranian Users Petition Microsoft For Greater Windows Support

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system preview has attracted more than 1 million testers to date , and tens upon tens of thousands of votes on its user forums . Curiosuly, one dominating theme has emerged over the past few days: Requests for better support in Iran.
  • Come on down to SouthPark Mall in Charlotte for a new Microsoft Store and have yourself a time

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Microsoft has opened up a brand new retail store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the state's second Microsoft retail store and the first retail store in Charlotte.
  • Docker Coming to Windows Server

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The containerized platform company Docker has been on a roll practically from the moment it launched in March 2013, and it's just gained even more momentum by partnering with Microsoft. Under the terms of the joint effort, Microsoft will build support for Docker's technology into a future version of Windows Server.
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  • Windows Updates for New Russia Time Zones Now Available

    M3 Sweatt
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    As I highlighted last month, the Windows team in OSG have supported the new Russian time zone changes. What with the changes to the Ruble symbol and now the eleven new time zones and move away from daylight saving time, perhaps I should rename my blog… As noted, the target release date was September 23, 2014, which was met: the Russian Federation time zone update is available now at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2998527 and on the Microsoft Russia site at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst/ru. Please note that if you’re using any of the current Russian time zones or doing business…
  • Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones

    M3 Sweatt
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    As noted in my blog post earlier this month, the Russian Federation passed a new law which changes all of the current time zones used in the Federation. (A highlight from the venerable BBC is available here.) As noted, the changes will take effect October 26, 2014, and essentially moves many existing time zones back one hour, and create two new time zones. These new time zones will not observe daylight saving time (aka DST). (Which reminds me: we have also outlined recommendations to help achieve more seamless transitions to new DST and time zone policies on…
  • Available now: August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems

    M3 Sweatt
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems has been released and is available as Microsoft KB 2981580. As noted, the update replaces the previous December 2013 CU (KB 2904266) and includes all the time zone and daylight saving time changes released as hotfixes after update KB 2904266 was released. The following changes were made since the previous Windows cumulative time zone update: Jordan Standard Time: For 2014 and onward, Jordan has changed its DST Start time from the last Thursday in March at midnight to the last Friday in March at 1 A.M., and its DST…
  • Available now: Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows

    M3 Sweatt
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To continue the Russian theme this month, you might’ve noticed that in addition to getting eleven new time zones, Russia is has a new symbol for the ruble. I’m happy to note the arrival of the update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows, as outlined in Microsoft KB 2970228: …the new Russian ruble symbol can be input by using the physical keyboard, Windows on-screen keyboard (osk.exe), or Tablet PC Input Panel (Tabtip.exe) in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008…
  • Russian Federation Permanently Switches to Winter Time October 26, 2014: Changes to Microsoft Products

    M3 Sweatt
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    (Update 082214: Please see the new post Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones with more information on the upcoming update.) Back in 2011, I wrote on the Microsoft corporate blog about the of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation. Then in 2012, I noted Russia considered a return to Winter Time in 2012. If my very poor knowledge of Russian proverbs is correct: Бог тро́ицу лю́бит. In other words, “Third time’s a charm.” (I’m also reminded of the saying, “There was a time they loved an accordionist, and now the time…
 
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  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
  • Not a Bing Ads User? Get $100 in Ad Credit to Become One!

    Vincent Wehren
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Since our June 2012 re-launch of Bing Webmaster Tools, many webmasters, site owners, and search marketers like yourself have joined our program and use the tools to stay up-to-date on how their web site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search results. Millions of content publisher share their Sitemaps, Parameters to Ignore, and Crawl Preferences with us, allowing their websites to shine on Bing.com, Yahoo!, and other places powered by Bing — as all of these things help us to more successfully connect their content to searchers worldwide. As such, Bing Webmaster Tools is certainly an…
  • MGC Spam Filtering

    igorrondel
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    In today’s edition of the Bing Index Quality blog we will delve into one particular spamming technique – MGC (short for ‘machine generated content’.) We will discuss what it is, why & how spammers employ it and introduce a specific update we shipped a few months ago aimed at detecting and filtering out pages utilizing this technique. What is MGC and why/ how spammers employ it? As we mentioned in the Web Spam Filtering overview blog from August 27, an important element of a spammer’s arsenal is the ability to mass-produce pages at little cost to the spammer. This is an essential…
  • Blame The Meta Keyword Tag

    Duane Forrester
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I blame the meta keywords tag.  That little so-and-so started all this.  Well, the “tag” and a few crafty humans, really. The idea was pretty simple. If the keyword appeared in the meta keywords tag, the page was relevant to the topic. And, on the surface, this was a solid idea. Something useful to the systems, yet invisible to the average person. Alas, with a simple right-click, the beginnings of modern day search optimization was born. “What if I added more words? What if I repeated the word or phrase?” And so began the quest to modify pages to satisfy a search algorithm. In truth…
  • Extrapolating Malware Detection with Rollup

    igorrondel
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Protecting Bing users from malware is a top priority for the Index Quality team. To that end, we analyze every signal available to us and determine not only whether the page is infected, but also whether it runs at a high risk of infection at a future date. One of the key elements of this analysis is discovering clues about potential vulnerabilities on the ‘container’ hosting the page that could be exploited by malware distributors to spread their malware to other URLs under the container. In this edition of the Bing Index Quality blog my colleague, David Felstead, in our Anti-Malware…
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    The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

  • Visualizing Your SharePoint Farm with PowerShell

    MVP Award Program
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The following post was written PowerShell MVP Nik Charlebois Introduction How often have you wished that you could easily press a button and get an exact picture of all the servers in your SharePoint farm? I know this came up a few time in my career as a SharePoint administrator. Today is the day where I make all your dreams come true! Together, we will learn how to develop a very simple PowerShell script that will allow you to easily scan your entire SharePoint environment and extract relevant information about the various components running on them and the resources they have…
  • Package Management for PowerShell Modules with PowerShellGet

    MVP Award Program
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    The following post was written PowerShell MVP Kirk Munro Windows PowerShell has developed a great reputation for itself, not only from the capabilities of the product, but from the strength of the community that has grown around the product.  As a PowerShell MVP and long-time member of that community, one of my favorite ways to give back to that community is to share the results of my PowerShell work with them in a format that they can use in their own environment.  For me, the format of choice for that is PowerShell modules, but up until recently there hasn’t been a…
  • Congratulations to All the New and Renewed MVPs

    MVP Award Program
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Today, 1,031 exemplary community leaders around the world were notified that they have received the MVP Award! These individuals were chosen because they have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community. While there are more than 100 million social and technical community members, only a small portion are selected to be recognized as MVPs. Each year, around 4,000 MVPs are honored. They are nominated by Microsoft, other community individuals,…
  • Quick Tips: Using Group Policy Objects as an Alternate Lync Policy Method

    MVP Award Program
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The following post was written Lync MVP Paul Bloem  In Lync 2013 much of the user behaviour is managed by Policies such as found at CsClientPolicy. That’s really good for locking down users etc., however.. What if you needed to lock down - not the actual user but rather the device?  Take for example a Citrix environment. When a user is logged on to their PC (Fat client) you want them to have full Lync functionality. Should the same user log in to a Citrix session you may want to remove the Audio and Video capabilities within the Citrix environment. Since…
  • Friday Five - September 19, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    1. Quick easy steps to grab your build artifacts from Visual Studio Online By ASP.NET MVP John Petersen  2. Configure Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess in Microsoft Azure By Enterprise Security MVP Richard Hicks 3. Enable Double-Click and Right-Click with the Essbase Add-in  By Excel MVP Michael Alexander  4. Power BI Data Management Gateway 1.2 Changes the Game By SharePoint MVP John White  5. Debuging System Center Advisor integration with Operations Manager By System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP Cameron Fuller 
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    Winspark Network

  • The Top 15 IT Exam Resources: Why Choose Them?

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The choice of IT exam resources one makes has great implications. If one chooses dubious resources, they end up achieving mediocre results – or simply flunking the exams. If one chooses good resources, they end up enjoying success, and the perks that come with it. From a rational point of view, you need to have cogent reasons for choosing a particular IT exam resource. Such reasons are not always easy to point out consciously, but they are nonetheless important. You shouldn’t just choose the first IT exam resource you come across. Rather, you should compare the available resources…
  • How to Install XEN Virtualizor on CentOS 6

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    14 Nov 2013 | 8:37 pm
    Here in this article I will guide you through the process of installation of XEN Virtualizor on CentOS 6. Virtualizor is the ONLY VPS control panel which is supporting XEN 4.1 virtualization technique and i personally feel it’s the way better than other control panel available in the market. Requirements for installing XEN Virtualizor: CentOS 5.x /6.x or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x or Scientific Linux 5.x or Ubuntu 12.04 (x86 or x86_64) Yum If you want full virtualization then your CPU must support the Hardware Virtualization Logical Volume Group (LVG) – with NO LVMs and enough Space…
  • Complete Facts regarding SEO [Infographic]

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    5 Feb 2013 | 8:32 am
    Search Engine optimization – SEO – seems like alchemy to the uninitiated. But there’s a science to it. SEO is not just thing to do, its the task you must perform. The common 3 methods of SEO is White Hat, Black Hat and Gray Hat. The tasks in each the category defines the categories as White Hat SEO is pure and legal where as Black Hat SEO is not acceptable by search engines if you get caught. Tthe major role of SEO to drive unwanted internet surfers to drive across your website and make them profitable users. It also helps to improve your ranking. If ranking…
  • Faster way to book your IRCTC Tatkal Tickets through Proxy Servers

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    4 Feb 2013 | 6:20 am
    I bet, none of the other servers in the whole internet will be this much slow as IRCTC’s website at the peak timing. Indian government should award the person who successfully able to book tatkal tickets from IRCTC website within the time frame of 10AM to 11AM. Its too much of hassle for Indians to book tatkal tickets online as they end up with Internal server error or connection timeout errors. I will suggest you some tips to improve the speed to book your next tatkal ticket from IRCTC. First of all lets talk why IRCTC sleeps at peak time : Service from Indian Government. low…
  • The History of Microsoft and Bill Gates [Timeline]

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    3 Feb 2013 | 4:10 am
    Love him or hate him, Bill Gates has been a venerable world-wide business icon for more than three decades, ever since the first mass-produced personal computer debuted in 1981. Gates has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men – as well as one of the most controversial founders and CEOs in history – and businesspeople of all stripes have taken their cues from him, using his words and business strategies to help create and grow their own companies. After he left running the day-to-day operations f Microsoft in 2008 to devote himself full time to the…
 
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    DHA Today

  • Lt Gen Zamir-ul-Hassan Shah (Adjutant General) Visited DHA City Karachi (DCK) – October 2014

    DHA Today
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Adjutant General, Lt Gen Zamir-ul-Hassan Shah visited DHA City Karachi (DCK) project site. DCK is one of the largest and most modern residential project being developed by DHA Karachi. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed briefed the Adjutant General about the salient features of the project and the ongoing infrastructure development work. He highlighted that in […]
  • All Karachi Bilingual Declamation Contest 2014 at Defence Authority SKBZ College

    DHA Today
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Defence Authority Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed (SKBZ) College organized All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest recently. Mr Mohsin Tejani, Director ABL Massachusetts at British Council Karachi was the chief guest of the function. All the leading universities and colleges sent two teams to participate in declamation. They spoke on various topics given by the Jewry, almost […]
  • Analysing DHA Karachi Dominance in Pakistan’s Real Estate Sector

    DHA Today
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    It is beyond question or argument that Defence Housing Authority (DHA) is the most popular real estate enterprise in Pakistan at the moment. Whether it is Lahore, Karachi or even Islamabad, where DHA is in its infancy by comparison, it consistently heads search trends. This is very understandable, seeing as DHA is widely trusted as […]
  • Abida Parveen Live in Concert at The Royal Rodale Club

    DHA Today
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Eventus PR & Productions and Eventxpress brings you the Sufi Queen Abida Parveen Live in Concert, on 11th October at Royal Rodale, DHA Karachi. Call: 021-35856825-28
  • 4th Sand Castle Building Contest at Sea View Beach

    DHA Today
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    LBoN (Lets Build On) bring for Karachites the “4th Sand Castle Building Contest” on Saturday 11th October 2014 with more fun, enjoyment of creations, moments of joy & lot more. Here are the complete details:
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    Business-Inspired Technology Solutions - The Aptera Blog

  • Technology Digest: Week ending 10/17/2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, SharePoint, Lync, Snowden, KidoZen, Sql Server, and Social Media. SharePoint: The Guide - Three quarters of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint. But many people aren't quite clear on how it works or how businesses can get the most out of it. The Quadruple: MSFT is a leader in Four Gartner MQ’s -  Every year, during the Spring and Summer, there is a flurry of analysis released from Gartner and some of the most anticipated insights come via…
  • 6 Mobile Strategies to Consider for 2015 - Aptera Webinar

    Alex Jonathan Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Learn what it takes to make your mobile efforts a success.  With many options for mobile apps and native websites, it's hard to know which direction your company should move their mobile strategy. Add to those options the constantly-shifting technology landscape and it's easy to understand how planning for 2015 could be really confusing.
  • Aptera Event - The New Generation of Enterprise Mobility

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Enterprise mobility is one of the fastest changing areas of technology. The strategy your company developed last year  may already be sadly out-of-date. Join KidoZen and Aptera on November 18, 2014 to learn about the new generation of enterprise mobility, Mobile Platform as a Service. 
  • What Is KidoZen?

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the reasons smart phones are so smart is that a lot of the data processing that makes mobile applications work isn’t actually performed on the phone or tablet itself. The experiences users have with an app on the front end usually rely on a great deal of infrastructure on the backend. An app’s infrastructure needs are handled either by servers on the premises of the company supporting the app, in cloud datacenters, or in some combination of the two. What this means is that any business that decides to move forward with a front-end plan for a mobile app, whether it’s…
  • New Findings Point to a More Effective Social Media Strategy

    Alex Jonathan Brown
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Digital Marketing is as much an art as it is a science. Everyone has their own ideas about which metrics are the most important, which channels give your content the most traction, and what the ideal window to hit “publish” is. A new report from social sharing company ShareThis aims to shine a little light on how sharing actually works – and it has the potential to change the way your company thinks about your social media strategy.
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • 5 Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Business Presentation

    Clemence Lepers
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you trying to create the perfect presentation? You know, one that successfully grabs your audience’s attention through great content and design? And you don’t have the time to go and read a dozen books on messaging, design and storyboarding? Luckily for you, it’s possible to make effective presentations in less time, and stand above […]
  • How to Create a Continuous List of Numbers across a Table in PowerPoint Using Excel

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Have you ever had a table on your PowerPoint slide and wanted to create a continuous list of numbers across the table cells without each cell starting at the number 1? If you have, then you know it can be extremely PAINFUL! The last thing you want to do (which you are often forced to […]
  • How to Create a Continuous Numbered List across Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Have you ever had a PowerPoint slide with a list on it that you wanted to make start in one shape and end in another, without the number starting over again at 1? For example, maybe you’re building a marketing presentation in PowerPoint, and you have 8 different marketing objectives that you want to split […]
  • How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation

    Nuts & Bolts
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the coolest PowerPoint tricks you can use to help you during a presentation is to have text pop-ups, what is known as “rollover or mouseover text,” appear onscreen when you hover your mouse over an object. This is an especially neat trick when combined with hide and appear animations within your layouts. And […]
  • How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    If you find that one of the most time-consuming parts of creating a PowerPoint presentation is knocking out the framework, or taking your pages of notes and turning them into slides, then I have good news for you! PowerPoint has an ‘Outline View’ that allows you to view your presentation – as the name suggests […]
 
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